How to Enjoy Halloween at the Campground 1085

Fall is a great time of year to go camping and Halloween is no exception! Changing leaves and cooler temperatures are perfect for making fun family memories around the campfire.

Many campgrounds offer weekends of chills and thrills during the month of October. Check out these tips for enjoying your Halloween RV adventure and make your plans now.

Fall is the perfect time of year and Halloween is no exception. Many campgrounds have themed activities throughout September and October.

Hayrides & Haunted Trails

These two activities are found at many campgrounds during October. Hayrides are fun for every member of the family, young and old! They often stir up nostalgia and memories of Halloweens past.

If you’re looking for something a little more spooktacular, many campgrounds host haunted hayrides after dark or even haunted trails in spooky woods. Scenic Ridge Campground in Whitewater, Wisconsin, has been hosting a haunted trail for over 10 years.

Campfires

Let’s face it, campfires are so much more fun when the weather is a bit chilly. Combine that with Halloween and October is the perfect time for telling ghost stories around the campfire.

Campfires are especially fun on Halloween when there is a bit of a chill in the air and a thrill at telling ghost stories.

For a special treat, substitute the marshmallows in your s’mores with Halloween Peeps. If you want to be more elaborate, prepare some Halloween candy bark in advance for your s’mores. Just melt chocolate chips, pour on a cookie sheet, and add candy corn, candy eyes, and M&M’s. Let cool, then break into s’more size pieces.

Enjoy Halloween themed smores at your October camping trips.

Trick or Treat

Don’t forget to bring your costume to the campground! Halloween themed events typically include costume contests and trick or treating. If you’re going to a rustic location without planned events, bring your own goodies and surprise the other campers with treats!

Halloween Camper Décor

You can easily make your own inexpensive Halloween decorations like banners, flags, paper ghosts, and goblins. Carving pumpkins and creating your own jack-o-lanterns is a favorite family activity. Bring enough for everyone in your group, and you’ll have a friendly competition on your hands.

If making your own decorations isn’t your thing, you can go all out like the campsite contest winner shown below with inflatable decorations and lights.

Campsite decorating contests are a popular October camping activity.

Find Your Halloween RV Camping Destination

By now, I’m sure you’re convinced to go camping for Halloween. Here are a few suggestions for a great camping destination:

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at River Bottom Farms in Swansea, SC

This park, which has six consecutive Halloween-themed weekends, features a haunted house. The attraction is set up inside an old 400-foot long barn with 20 to 25 actors and animatronics. Three of the Halloween-themed weekends are “no scare” weekends designed for families with younger children.

Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA in Stroudsburg, PA

The entire month of October boasts Halloween activities at this KOA. Join in the fun that includes site decoration, costume contests, campfires, and pumpkin decorating.

Ponca State Park in Northeast, NE

Annual Hallowfest offers a variety of unique activities that have made this event a fall tradition for many families. Activities include campsite and cabin decorating contests, a pumpkin roll, pumpkin carving contest, haunted hayrack rides, seasonal crafts, and much more.

Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE

Harvest weekends include enjoying hayrides and making mini scarecrows. Halloween Hoot camping boast music, games, pumpkin decorating, crafts, trick-or-treating and more.

Harbortown RV Resort in Monroe, MI

Halloween fun at this campground lasts the entire month! Every weekend they host a pumpkin bounce house, costume party, haunted house, costume dance with DJ, and costume and campsite decorating contests.

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World in Florida

Guests go all-out with site decorations at this popular campground. They also have an annual golf cart parade, pet parade, and pumpkin decorating contest. Weekly screenings of the 1949 Disney animated classic film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are held at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch Stables. On movie nights, guests are warned to watch out for galloping ghosts and be ready for an up close and personal encounter with the Headless Horseman.


As you can see, there is plenty of Halloween fun to enjoy on your fall camping trips. So tell us, where’s your favorite Halloween camping destination?

Julie Chickery AuthorContributor
Julie and her husband Sean started traveling in their RV full-time 4 years ago after they each served 20 years in the US Air Force. Having lived in more than 10 states and 4 countries, the Chickerys decided it was time to enjoy the rest of the United States. They manage Chickery’s Travels, an educational and inspirational blog and YouTube channel aimed at helping people realize their full-time travel dreams.

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